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Franklin Co. remains ID'd as those of missing man

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 10:46am  ET

HENRY, Va. (AP) -- Police say remains found in Franklin County are those of a Bassett man who had been missing since October.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office tells media outlets that 54-year-old Ricky Eugene Dodson's remains were found last Thursday less than a mile from where a woman's remains were discovered in a burned vehicle in October.

The death of 53-year-old Vicky Harbour Purdy has been ruled as a homicide.

Dodson was reported missing a day after Purdy's remains were found.

Dodson's mother, Polly Dodson of Bassett, says her son and Purdy were friends.

Police would not say whether the cases are connected. Both investigations are continuing.

Dodson's remains were sent to the state medical examiner's office in Roanoke.

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